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“ Long, long have I wish'd for
A moment like this,
Be torture or bliss.
Our meeting is o'er;
To suck once more in every breath their little souls away,
boy Wander'd through greenwoods all day long-amighty heart
of joy! “I'm sadder now, I have had cause, but oh! I'm proud to
« To win thy grey father
I've no patch of earth;
I've no honour'd birth.
The titled a churl;
The sword of an earl.
« Thou shalt not want honour-
It was not likely that persons who could write thus,
should long continue to write in the Paisley Magazine. Or strength in this hand.
The Elgin Literary Magazine is a little periodical, And better than riches,
which goes on very modestly and unpretendingly, and, Or proud pedigree,
we have no doubt, adds to the amusement of that portion Sole queen of a true heart
of the inhabitants of this country who have taken up Enthroned thou shalt be.
their residence along the shores of the Murray Frith. “ I hear my black charger,
The papers, entitled “ Half Hours," are cleverly written; He paws at the gate,
and it ranks among its poetical contributors the celebraHe speaks of bright moments
ted Mrs Richardson of Dumfries.
Thoughts on the Salvation of Infants, occasioned by some 0! let him not plead for
Passages in the Memoir of the late Isabella Campbell of Thy lover in vain."
Fernicarry, Roseneath, in a Letter to the Rev. Robert The other poem, in a different strain, but not less beau
Burns, D.D., &c. By John Thomson, jun. Esq. tiful, is as follows:
This is a sensible brochure, and lashes with becoming « They come! the merry summer months of Beauty, Song,
severity the gross heresies of Mr Story of Roseneath, a and Flowers!
| clergyman, who presents the anomaly of belonging to the They come ! the gladsome months that bring thick leafiness established church, though certainly not to the established to bowers.
faith. It appears that this same Mr Story, like a ridiUp! up! my heart and walk abroad, Aling cark and care culous goose as he is, has found out, among other things, aside,
that all little children are as full of guilt, and as worthy Seek silent hills, or rest thyself where peaceful waters glide;
objects of wrath, as the most hoary-headed votaries of deOr, underneath the shadow vast of patriarchal tree, Scan through its leaves the cloudless sky, in rapt tranquil
pravity. To waste words in answering such doctrines lity.
as these, is a mere loss of time. They are the indications
of a hard heart, and an empty head. « The grass is soft, its velvet touch is grateful to the hand, And, like the kiss of maiden love, the breeze is sweet and bland:
History of France and Normandy, from the Accession of The daisy and the butter-cup are nodding courteously,
Clovis to the Battle of Waterloo. By W. C. Taylor, It stirs their blood with kindest love to bless and welcome thee:
A.B. London. Whittaker and Co. 1830. Pp. 404. And mark how with thine own thin locks--they now are MR Taylor is the author of a work lately published, silvery grey
entitled " The Historical Miscellany,” which met with a That blissful breeze is wantoning, and whispering— Be
considerable degree of approbation. He now presents us
with a concise, lucid, and correct History of France, which, * There is no cloud that sails along the ocean of yon sky, in our opinion, is well adapted for the use of schools. But hath its own wing'd mariners to give it melody. The eventful days of Napoleon, although a hackneyed Thou see'st their glittering fans outspread, all gleaming like enough subject, are run over with considerable tact and red gold,
skill, and afford a clear and distinct view of those stirAnd hark? with shrill pipe musical, their merry course ring times. This work is likewise rendered more useful,
they hold. God bless them all! these little ones, who far above this
by a Genealogical Table of the French Kings, a Chronoearth,
logical Index, and a neat Map of France, engraved by that Can make a scoff of its mean joys, and vent a nobler mirth. | prince of modern map-engravers, Sidney Hall. “ But soft! mine ear up-caught a sound, from yonder wood it came,
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. The spirit of the dim green glade, did breathe his own glad
name. Yes, it is be, the hermit bird, that apart from all his kind, A CHAPTER ON CHIMNEYS, WITH A FEW Slow spells his beads monotonous to the soft western wind;
REMARKS ON CHIMNEY-SWEEPS.
By the Author of the “ Traditions of Edinburgh.” heart !
CHIMNEYS have characters! I am convinced of that.
They are a people, and have minds, dispositions, tem"Good Lord ! it is a gracious boon for thought-crazed wight like me,
peraments, and passions, like other folks. They have also To smell again these summer flowers beneath this summer diseases, like the human species, and do not want for their tree!
l“ doctors !" They are affected by east winds, moreover,
just as much as any of us, and have their own inexplica for there are kings among them. There is the tall, red, ble fits of the sallens, and are fully as testy, when coutra- | regal chimney of the Coal Gas Work at the Back of the dicted, as ourselves.
Canongate, which, on state occasions, wears a splendid There is a set of people who pretend to “ cure" chim- crown of gas light, and stands pre-eminent over all the neys. But who ever heard of a chimney being cured ? chimneys in the Old Town, like Saul among the people. Nobody! The truth is, a chimney's disorders generally | No one can doubt that this is the King of Chimneys, proceed from its original physical constitution, and one whether for the importance of its avocations, or the might just as well talk of expelling a hereditary disease grandeur of its appearance. The tall chimneys at Portofrom a human being, as one of this sort from a smoking bello and Pinkie are two solitary monarchs without subone. The only way is to destroy the chimney altogether, jects. The shorter, but sturdier and equally royal, chimand create it anew. A “ doctor" will speak to you of ney of the Waverley Gas Work in the New Town, is as “old wives,” and of“cans," one-mouthed, two-mouthed, yet in the same condition, but will soon, I hope, be at and poly-moutbed; but put no faith in smoke-doctors. the head of an extensive and numerous population of You might just as well expect a human doctor to cure chimneys. you, when on your death-bed, by ordering you a new That chimneys are sentient beings, nobody can dispute. nightcap.
Le Sage, an author of no little discernment, says that they But the maladies which affect chimneys often proceed can speak. I must confess I never heard them pronounce
ir situation in life. Circumstances govern us articulate words, or carry on conversations ; but there is all, and chimneys too. A chimney of my acquaintance one thing of which I am certain,—they can howl! I once testified this in a remarkable manner. It was a very have heard them howl in a high wind, in a very sensible young chimney, in the New Town, and belonged to a style-almost like speaking only the sentences not conhouse three stories in height. Now this chimney was as nected. In these cases, however, I consider them to be well-bebaved and well-regulated a chimney, as one could only expostulating or quarrelling with their enemy, the have seen in a summer's day; and had a juvenile viva- | wind. city, which could not be repressed by the east wind itself. I remember that my father's house at , had two At last, however, it became, all of a sudden, very irregu- chimneys, one at each end of the house. Upon these my lar in its conduct, and seemed to have lost all its former childish fancy often speculated. I thought I could dishealth and spirits. Doctors were called in, who examined cern a sort of appearance of comradeship or companionthe patient, and prescribed cans, old wives, &c., which ship between them. They inclined in towards each other, were speedily got. All would not do, however ; instead in a friendly way, as it were ; and it seemed to me as if of recovering, it became worse, and seemed, by the in-one resembled Mr Kerr, the other Doctor Brydon, two of creased vehemence with which it repelled the advances of our neighbours who often dined together. I am sure these its friend the smoke, to indicate that the doctors did not vents were intimate acquaintances. It so happened that understand the nature of its trouble. Alas! it was not one of them was at length honoured with a can. The the body, but the mind of the chimney, that was diseased ! other was not envious, but seemed still to maintain the It might have addressed its officious physicians in the same kindly inclination towards his preferred companion words of Macbeth :
as ever-perhaps considering, with justice, that he really “ Canst thou minister to a mind diseased,
required what be had got, on account of his greater ex
posure to their common foe, the east wind.
Some of the chimneys at were very strange-look-
ing figures, especially those upon thatched houses. There
were some thatched houses near the school, with chimMy sensitive young friend was affronted at the very idea neys of this sort. My heart is smitten when I remember of these fellows attempting to cure its grievances by com how cruel we were to these grotesque but inoffensive chimmonplace applications. A full convocation of all the neys. There was one belonging to the cottage of a poor smoke-doctors in town (including the Canongate) being old widow woman, at which our scorn and our stones at length called, and their deliberations being assisted by | were particularly directed. It was constructed of turf, some experienced builders, it was discovered that the cause upon a frame-work of upright sticks—the whole so dilapi.. of all its woes was the tall and over-topping gable of a dated, that there was scarcely any thing but the sticks contiguous house, whose chimneys carried their heads at left. Most unfortunately for the chimney, it was not alleast twenty feet higher than that of the afflicted chimney together of an upright character, but inclined a little to in question ; so that envy--sheer envy alone, was the oc- one side, and seemed to look down upon us school-boys casion of all its ailments. This was proved to my full with open mouth, inviting our attacks. We assuredly satisfaction, by what happened afterwards; for the pa- | did not spare it ; for every day, we employed the whole tient being, as it were, continued into the tall gable, and quarter of an hour previous to the opening of the school allowed to carry as high a head as its neighbours, never in throwing missiles of any sort we could lay our hands gave its masters any more trouble ; and when I last went on, at and down its gaping crater; and not a day passed to see how it did, I thought the smoke which issued so without old Luckie -- coming into the school-room, freely and complacently from its mouth seemed to say, complaining of our wickedness, and exhibiting the me“ You see I have at length gained my point, and am con lancholy fragments of black cutty pipes and little black tent !"
tea-pots, which, she said, had suffered from our stones, Though I allow that chimneys may be jealous of each while lying innocuously by her fire-side. As to the imothers' heights, and sometimes look with an evil can at mense quantities of soot which we shook down upon her the honour or prosperity of their neighbours, I do not kail-pot, as it simmered above her little fire, no account think that they are in general a democratic people. Many was ever taken of that ; for the poor old mumbling body a chimney do I know of very humble height, and even un- had fortunately lost the taste of her mouth, and never disadorned with cans, and yet very decent, quiet chimneys covered the plenteous accession of ingredients which we too. There is a spirit of meekness in some chimneys, made to her spare and simple diet. which seems to fit them best for the lower walks of life, 1 Some of the cottage chimneys were very curious in where they are content to exercise their vocations, per- | their internal as well as external structure. As viewed haps, under the baronial protection of some neighbouring from the fire-place below, they looked like the vast cone stack of chimneys, without fretting their souls with ab of a glass-house, or like an amphitheatre, peopled with surd ideas of liberty and equality. I know some chim spectator hams, and a huge black beam, from which deneys of this amiable sort in the Pleasance.
pended by iron rods, chains, and hooks, various culinary Chimneys necessarily cannot be a democratic people ; | vessels. These chimneys never required sweeping; though
I remember hearing a traditionary account of one being makes even a commonplace thought pleasing, and gives cleared of its venerable soot by the goodman, who had ac- to a spirited and original sentiment tenfold energy and complished his singular task by going head foremost into effect. This is almost too self-evident a truth to be stated; a sack, and ascending by a ladder to the rannle-tree, yet we have only to look around us to perceive that it where he stood and rubbed the sides of the chimney all is everywhere neglected. “I have no desire that my round with his shoulders! This custom might be prac-son should either read or speak like a teacher of elocutised with effect in the cure of lum-bag-o!
tion," says some gentleman of the old school; and all the Speaking of chimney-sweeping, we come to chimney other gentlemen of the old school, pushing round the portsweeps, who, by the by, are a very noticeable set of men. A wine with a most emphatic jerk, chime in with the obfriend of mine, inguarding against contact with them on the servation, and the point is settled. Now, there are two streets, calls them angels of darkness, in contradistinction fallacies implied in this same observation. The first is, that to bakers, whom he denominates angels of light, though I | all teachers of elocution are pompous pedants; whereas consider the one tribe to be fully as great annoyances as the only those are such who do not understand their profes.. other. When I pass a chimney-sweep on the street, I sion. The second is, that it is not advisable that a young myself wearing light-coloured clothes at the time, I may | man should read or speak as if he were master of elocusay, “ Conjuro te, Diabole !" and avoid being rude to his tion; which is equivalent to saying, that it is not adviperson; but in my heart I envy and admire him. Chimney-sable he should be able to put to the very best possible use sweeps see and explore a part of the world which nobody his organs of speech. From not attending to the proper else can see and explore. They surpass the prodigal son mode of distributing the emphasis upon words, the simin the “ Vicar of Wakefield,” who saw the outside of plest sentences are rendered not only ambiguous and unthe best houses in Amsterdam, for any body may see that; meaning, but often monotonous, unnatural, and dissonant. but to chimney-sweeps alone is it reserved to see the roofs One or two of our largest towns afford a dubious enof the best houses. They walk in glorious pre-eminence couragement to one or two teachers of elocution ; but in over the heads of the rest of mankind; and cast their eyes general, both at our public schools, our private academies, over the surface of an upper world, which none of us child and in ordinary life, the matter is entirely neglected. In dren of the ground shall ever see. I have heard them | Edinburgh, Messrs Jones and Roberts seem to take the tell strange and wild stories of the dangers they have passed, lead in this department; but we believe the former has and the roofs of the lands they have seen, like sailors re been longer established and more successful than the latturned from distant voyages; and, what is very strange, ter. We attended, however, with pleasure, Mr Roberts's there is scarcely a chimney in the town, of which they | Lecture and Readings on Saturday last; and having been do not know the whole nature and character, as well as the since favoured with a perusal of the remarks he then deowner of the house himself. Nay, I have often been sur livered on the study of elocution, we present our readers prised, on calling a chimney-sweep to administer unto a with the following extract, the sentiments contained in moody or diseased vent, to observe how familiar he was which entirely coincide with our own : with its history and peculiarities. How they acquire A knowledge of elocution is of incalculable advantage : this wonderful knowledge, it is impossible to conceive. Il
for a person who is ignorant of its laws, is almost sure to suspect that they talk to each other of nothing but the vari overlook some of the excellencies, and even the most striking ous chimneys which have come under their hands, and so, beauties, of literary productions. Their merits, so far as each communicating to his neighbour the results of his the composition is concerned, he may indeed estimate, acexperience, the whole become, as it were, universally ac cording to any assigpable standard of' taste; but great part quainted. I remember once calling an old chimney-sweep
of their soul or spirit will infallibly be lost to his percepto a very strange chimney in my premises, which, before
tions, in the attempt to give it utterance. I am sorry to say
that elocution, at the present day, is not sought after with ascending the gable, went across the ceiling of an adjoin
that avidity which its great and united powers so justly ing shop, and, indeed, was all at right angles. Before deserve. This comparative inattention is to be accounted commencing operations upon this outré specimen of the for, either by the fact of its merits being but partially known, crooked tribe of chimneys, he frightened me into the offer or by a scepticism as to the possibility of acquiring a knowof a double fee, by some dreadful traditionary recollec ledge of the art through the medium of set rules. This last tions of boys being smothered in it forty years ago, when
obstacle I could remove, by a reference to those numerous he was a climbing-boy himself, and of plummet-balls in
individuals who have actually experienced the advantages
of systematic instruction, and now give public evidence of later times being dispatched down its unimaginable an
its efficacy. Many, although fully aware of the beauties, gularities, in order to discover the bottom, and being | and although they have been made feelingly to acknowledge never more heard of by their disconsolate owners, whose the powers, of such a systematic application, many have redamages were of course made good by the then proprie-jected its adoption, because they thought it too theatrical, tor.
and because they could not reconcile it to their minds to as. In short, the subject which I have thus imperfectly
sume tones indicative of what they did not really feel. To
such, we may with great justice reply, that, to pronounce handled, is one well worthy the attention of the truly
a pathetic subject in the same unfeeling and careless manner philosophical ; and I hope, ere long, to see a separate vo
we would read the account of a horse-race, or to deliver the lume allotted to it in Dr Lardner's Cyclopædia, or in the nervous harangue of some famed bero to his soldiers on the Library of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge.
eve of battle, in the soft, plaintive strain we would do an elegy, because we did not feel the one, nor were identically the other, would be as preposterous as to chant a funeral
dirge in the time and manner of a country jig,-or to sing ELOCUTION-MR ROBERTS'S RHETORICAL
a lively air in the drawling tone ot' an old penitential psalm, LECTURE AND JLLUSTRATIONS.
because we happened, on the former occasion, to be in a
merry humour, or, on the latter, to be in a melancholy one. We have long been of opinion that elocution, or the art In short, to read or pronounce any subject uncharacteristiof giving musical and attractive intonations to language,cally, would be as absurd as to array the inmate of an almsis a branch of education too much neglected in Scotland. | house in scarlet and fine linen, or to clothe the king on the It is rarely, indeed, that, either in the pulpit or at the
pulpit or at the throne in linsey-Woolsey and tatters. bar, or among any of our public or private speakers in Mr Roberts himself we know to be a meritorious and this country, we hear common justice done to our mother useful teacher of elocution; and, from the specimens he tongue. A sort of old John Knox presbyterian contempt gave us upon Saturday, we are satisfied that he reads disis by far too common among us for the graces of correct tinctly, judiciously, and well. speaking and reading. It is true, we are a thinking people, but it does not therefore follow, that thoughts are every thing, and language nothing. Correct enunciation
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OF
We return again to Venice. We mentioned in our EDINBURGH.
Second Notice that the Bellini were the first instructors
of GIORGIOXE. This artist was born in 1478, and died THE ROYAL SOCIETY.
1511. A picture of Leonardo da Vinci happening to fall Monday, Ist March. into his hands, in which a very strong effect of light and Sir WALTER Scort, Bart. in the Chair.
shade was introduced, he was so much pleased, that he Present, — Sir William Hamilton ;. Professors Russell,
set himself to imitate it, and, by his frequent repetition of
similar effects, made it in some measure the characteristic Hope, Brunton, Christison; Drs Wishart, Maclagan, Knox, Gregory, Russell ; John Robison, James Skene,
of bis style. He was deficient in drawing, but full ef Thomas Allan, David Falconer, Walker Arnot, John truth and beauty of colouring. We notice him here only Reddie, Esqrs., &c. &c. &c.
as the contemporary of Sebastian dal Piombo and Titian, Dr Knox read No. II. of his series of papers, « Illus
and as the artist from whom they took their first lessons trating the Laws which Regulate Hermaphroditical Ap
in colouring. pearances in the Mammalia.'
SEBASTIAN DAL PIOMBo, by birth a Venetian, died at Rome, in 1547, in the sixty-second year of his age. He
received his first instructions in art from Giovanni BelFINE ARTS.
lino, but when Giorgione introduced a more glowing and FOURTH EXHIBITION OF ANCIENT PAINTINGS IN THE GAL
better blended style of colouring, he deserted his old mas
ter. He imitated so successfully the style of Giorgione, LERY OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION.
that his works have not unfrequently been taken for those (Third Notice.)
of that artist. He painted slowly, and took, moreover, RAFAELLE-the effect of the name would be only greater delight in social intercourse, than in the
he exercise weakened by the addition of epithets, however well de of his art. No. 1, in the Exhibition, is attributed to him, served—was born at Urbino in 1483, and died at Rome and called (we do not see for what reason) a Sibyl. It in 1520. In his earliest paintings he has so completely
s earliest paintings he has so completely is apparently a portrait. There is an expression of strong appropriated to himself the style of his master, Perrugino, good sense in the countenance, which is, on the whole, that it is often difficult to determine the paternity of their extremely pleasing. The hands are ill drawn. It is a works. He no sooner, however, saw the productions of
good solid picture. Da Vinci and Buonarotti, tban his delicate tact acknow Trrian was born at Friuli in 1480, and died in 1576. ledged their superiority; and from that period we recog. He was originally a scholar of Giambattista, but was one nise greater correctness in his forms, and a fuller and of the first to adopt the new style of Giorgione. He sturicher pencil in every thing he did. It was reserved, died much from the life, and by that means attained a however, for his residence in Rome to draw forth his truth and delicacy in his flesh colour, that has perbaps full genius. Some have attributed the bigb ideal charac- never been equalled. In drawing and in dignity of exter of his latter works to a surreptitious view he obtained pression, he is inferior to the Roman school. His porof Michel Agnola's paintings in the Sistine Chapel ; traits were in great request during his time, there being others, to his study of the fresco paintings in the baths of scarcely a distinguished statesman, warrior, or author, who Titus. Both, there is little doubt, must have had a strong was not ambitious of being painted by Titian. He was effect upon him; but only upon a mind of the native the first Italian who so decidedly cultivated landscape, as power and susceptibility of Rafaelle, and equally conver to make it the principal subject of several of his paintings. sant with the beauties of nature, could that effect have His earlier works are characterised by an almost fastibeen produced. These splendid creations of art exercised dious care and fineness in their execution; in his later merely a suggestive influence upon him. His style is his
productions his lines are bolder, and his colours splashed own, if ever man's was,--uniting a super-human dignity | so as to tell at a distance. The Magdalene, (No. 71,) with an overflowing expression of love. No painting in attributed to him, answers exactly the description given this Exhibition, and certainly not the copy from his by Vasari of one of his pictures, which he repeated seTransfiguration which was exhibited here some time ago, veral times; but if his, it must have been a very early can give the faintest idea of the living poetry of Rafaelle's work. The portrait of Doria (67) is highly characterisworks. It is now six years since we saw his Madonna tic. The landscape (122) is a fine painting, but more del Sisto, and yet every lineament of that work is present like a work of Mola than of Titian. to us as if it had been but yesterday. The Virgin stands TINTORETTO we place here as belonging to the Venetian upon a portion of a sphere emerging from an ocean of school. The works of this artist in the Exhibition are clouds, and appears to glide gracefully onwards, with a the portrait of a Doge, (57,) and two sketches (16 and look which pervades space and eternity. The boy-the 35.) The former is strongly marked by that preponde. conscious God-nestles in her breast. On one side, rance of mezzotint and shadow, and the small proportion kneels a venerable and majestic Pope, on the other, a of strong light, which characterises the works of the Vegentle St Barbara,—while, beneath, two rosy and gorge- netian painters. The latter are remarkable for felicitous ously-winged cherubs look upwards at the group with all grouping, to wbich the doubling of the lines gives a rich the grave earnestness of childhood. There is nothing dis- effect, for the beauty and spirit of several of the figures, crepant in this mixture of human and divine forms-of and for the bold disposition of the lights. the ideal of the Virgin mother with the earthly garments CORREGGIO was born at Parma in 1490, and died in the of the priest. The genius of the painter has given them sixtieth year of his age. We find it impossible to connect unity, and fused them with its glow into a mythology of the history of this gentle and modest genius with that of his own, over which he has poured all the loveliness and any other of his time. He formed his style for himself, grandeur of his own scarcely human nature. The works and died without leaving his principles or manner to any attributed to this master in the Exhibition are three ; other. His beauties, too, are as peculiar as his life was the St John (161) is most probably authentic; the Holy isolated. In the large works of his matured genius, there Families (92 and 109) most probably copies, though good is a quiet beauty and a perfection of art to be found in ones. They are chiefly valuable as showing the effect of those of no other painter. The three specimens in the that simple and bold style of painting the drapery, which, Exhibition are fine pieces of painting, but give no idea of stimulating the eye without seducing it to rest on minor the full developement of Correggio's genius. The head beauties, accords so well with the grand in painting. The (9) has much of his sweetness, but belongs to an early head of the Virgin, in 109, has something of the sweet- period of his life. The Virgin and Child has a fine disness of Rafaelle, and there is a great deal of vigour in the position of light and shade, and well managed colouring, eager gaze of the St Joseph.
but is defective in drawing,--and the expression of the
Madonna is a failure. The Magdalene (119) is so hung waters of the human heart have been troubled, and that that we cannot tell what it is.
the unseen emotions which lay far down have been raised These notes, we are quite aware, are extremely defect to the surface, seldom wait on Young. He is a calm and ive. But the most detailed and ratiocinative criticism cloudless moonlight,--not a sudden sunbeam. We like would be to no purpose without an actual inspection of him much ; yet there are times when we feel a craving for the works themselves. It is in pictures, not in books, that “ sterner stuff,” for the flashing lightnings of that splenwe must study painting. The chief characteristic of the did little man, Kean, whom Lord Byron said “ was a great Italian school was the union in its productions of soul ;" or for the kindred genius of that prince of living the richest and most daring poetical feeling, with the most vocalists, Braham, to carry us away to the shipwrecked painful study of the mechanical details of the art.
vessel settling heavily amidst the solitudes of the Bay of [Our Third Notice of the Scottish Academy is postponed till next
Biscay, yet not lost, for lo ! " A sail! a sail ! a sail !”Saturday.]
Nevertheless, let it not be forgotten that as, in an ancient
the beauty of any individual part, as upon the harmonious THE DRAMA.
arrangement of the whole, so there is a completeness about “ AROUSE thee! arouse thee! my brave Swiss boy!"-- | Young's personifications, a never-flagging accuracy and relet us give the public a small joy. They are beginning to
finement-not the less likely to be long remembered or fall asleep over the old legitimate drama, and the glory worthy of being highly appreciated, that they do not take of their presence is departing out of the Theatre Royal, your feelings captive at once, but gradually win over your Certes, for the last month the Management has not been approval and admiration. much in pocket. Sages have been consulting the stars to Of Vandenhoff, we shall not at present speak. We find out the causes, but they lie nearer home. Firstly, think he has benefited somewhat by our hints, but not in the early part of the season the theatre was patronised yet to the extent we could wish. His Edgar, in “ King to a more than ordinary degree, and there is now a slight Lear," was, in many respects, a spirited performance ; but reaction ;-secondly, Vandenhoff is not quite so great a fa- why that piece of most unnecessary declamation, as he vourite here as he once was, which is partly his own leads Cordelia into the hut for shelter ? Vandenhoff is too fault ;-thirdly, Young is liked and admired, but, being fond of saying ordinary things as if they were not ordinary, too well known, he lacks variety;--fourthly, the number of and of always going off the stage with a flourish.- The evening parties at this present writing is altogether over- part in which Miss Jarman has most distinguished herwhelming - February has actually groaned under them, self, during Young's visit, is that of Beatrice, in “ Much
-nobody has been in bed o' nights, and March does not | Ado about Nothing." We know of no actress who could promise to be a much more sedate month ;-tenthly, and to have so completely identified herself with this character, conclude, it is a melancholy fact, that tragedy is not popular infusing into it a degree of animation, and an exuberance in Edinburgh. Black bugles and velvet inexpressibles of comic talent, which carried every thing before it, and appear to have no charms for us modern Athenians; we kept the audience in a perpetual state of delightful excitake little interest in white cambric pocket-bandkerchiefs; tation. Were we not an old, hackneyed, and crabbed criand, if the truth must be told, the “ Oh!" of a gentleman tic, “ for lady's love unfit,” we should ourselves indite a or lady dying in the presence of the lamps, does not ap sonnet, or some similar vanity, to Miss Jarman ; but we pear to awaken those sensations which it ought to produce must leave this to younger and gayer men. upon well-regulated minds. All these things are to us
Old Cerberus. and our excellent friend, the Manager, matter of deep regret ; but to attempt to better the affair by talking of it, would argue a weakness of intellect, totally inconsistent
ORIGINAL POETRY. with our naturally shrewd and penetrating character. All we shall do in the meantime is, to give the public a hint, that as soon as they have enjoyed themselves as much MY LOVE SHE'S BUT A LASSIE YET. as they possibly can out of the theatre, its doors are open, and something or other to amuse them is always going on
By the Ettrick Shepherd. within. Let them enter or not, just as they please,-it
My love she's but a lassie yet, is quite “ hoptional,”—only if they stay away it is their
A lightsome lovely lassie yet; own loss. We are humbly convinced that this is the best
It scarce wad do mode of dealing with the public. They are a capricious
To sit an' woo, set;-try to force them into a thing, and they won't budge;
Down by the stream sae glassy, yet : appear independent of them, and they will flock to you in
But there's a braw time coming yet, crowds.
When we may gang a-roaming yet, It is difficult to say any thing new of Young. All the
An' hint wi' glee world knows that he is a fine polished actor, with a sound
O' joys to be, judgment, a cultivated taste, and a most melodious voice.
When fa's the modest gloaming yet. All he does is the result of careful thinking, and of correct, though not impassioned feeling. Hence we do not
She's neither proud nor saucy yet, speak of the genius of Young ;--he is a man of talent, but
She's neither plump nor gaucy yet, nothing more. In parts which do not require the exer
But just a jinking, tion of any violent passion, he is, perhaps, without a rival.
Bonny, blinking, His Iago, a cool, deliberate, calculating villain, is the very
Hilty-skilty lassie yet : man,- his Brutus, a patriot upon principle, rather than
But, 0, her artless smile's mair sweet upon impulse, is collected and impressive,-his Lord
Than hinney or than marmelite ; Townly, a man of high honour, and steady but subdued
And, right or wrang, feelings, is a representation which it must do all husbands
Ere it be lang, good to see. Young, in short, in what we may call the
I'll bring her to a parley yet. less difficult developements of mind, is always at home. His chief faults are, that beyond a certain point he cannot
I'm jealous o' what blesses her, go, and that we may always calculate, with the most un
The very breeze that kisses her, erring certainty, on the manner in which he will perform
The flowery beds any given part. Those sudden bursts of applause that
On which she treads, shake a theatre to its foundation, indicating that the deep
Though wae for ane that misses her :